Analecta Husserliana

The Enigma of Good and Evil: The Moral Sentiment in Literature

Editors: Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa (Ed.)

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Striking toward peace and harmony the human being is ceasely torn apart in personal, social, national life by wars, feuds, inequities and intimate personal conflicts for which there seems to be no respite. Does the human condition in interaction with others imply a constant adversity? Or, is this conflict owing to an interior or external factor of evil governing our attitudes and conduct toward the other person? To what criteria should I refer for appreciation, judgment, direction concerning my attitudes and my actions as they bear on the well-being of others?

At the roots of these questions lies human experience which ought to be appropriately clarified before entering into speculative abstractions of the ethical theories and precepts. Literature, which in its very gist, dwells upon disentangling in multiple perspective the peripeteia of our life-experience offers us a unique field of source-material for moral and ethical investigations.

Literature brings preeminently to light the Moral Sentiment which pervades our life with others -- our existence tout court. Being modulated through the course of our experiences the Moral Sentiment sustains the very sense of literature and of personal human life (Tymieniecka).

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Being’s Wound: Evil and Explanation in the Killer Inside Me

    Dorothy G. Clark

    Pages 17-28

  • Sympathy for the Devil? A Historical Tour of Literature and Cultural Representation

    Rebecca M. Painter

    Pages 65-76

  • Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling: An Experiment in the Self-Recognition of Evil

    Andrew Jones-Cathcart

    Pages 77-90

  • Bartleby’s Existential Reduction and Its Impact on Others

    Richard S. Findler

    Pages 119-138

  • The Changing Landscapes of Good and Evil in the Moral World of Huckleberry Finn

    Bernadette Prochaska

    Pages 163-170

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Enigma of Good and Evil: The Moral Sentiment in Literature
Editors
  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Series Title
Analecta Husserliana
Series Volume
85
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3576-0
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3576-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3575-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 880
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